Symposia and Lectures

Spring Garden Symposium 2016
Saturday, March 19, 9am–4pm

Join Fernwood to explore diverse design approaches that enhance and evoke the unique features of exceptional garden settings. Lunch is included and prepared by Fernwood’s Chef Tim Carrigan. Authors will be available to sign their books at Fernwood’s Gift Shop.

Regular Symposium Package
EARLY REGISTRATION SPECIAL Register through March 1 | $100 (Members $80)
Register between March 2–March 18 | $125 (Members $100)
Lunch: [Choice of] Chicken Salad on a croissant, turkey on chiabata, or a vegetarian sandwich, served with fresh fruit, an oatmeal cranberry cookie, and a beverage.
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VIP Symposium Tickets | $145 per ticket (Members $116)
Ticket includes reserved, front-row seating and a private lunch with Symposium speakers.
Lunch: Blackened salmon served with toasted almonds, goat cheese, red onions served atop fresh greens and finished with a dried Cranberry dressing served with a herbed hard roll.
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Presented in Partnership with:

Chicagoland Gardening Magazine     Garden Design      Stonehouse Nursery     Vite Greenhouse

Guest Speakers:

  • Richard Hartlage, CEO, Land Morphology, Seattle, and author of The Authentic Garden. Landscape Designer, Chihuly Garden and Glass
  • Thomas Rainer, Author of Planting in the Post-Wild World and Landscape Architect, Washington, D.C.
  • Scott Stewart, Director, The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, Chicago
  • Beth White of The 606, and Chicago Director, The Trust for Public Land

Chihuly Garden and Glass: Where Art Meets Nature
Richard Hartlage is the founding principal and CEO of Land Morphology in Seattle, Washington. Richard’s diverse span of work includes the new Herb and Vegetable Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which was the first new garden built there in twenty years, Chihuly Garden and Glass, the Leach Botanical Garden, InSitu, Mountsier Estate, the Vegetation Management Plan for the Seattle Center, and the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden. His designs have been featured in The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Garden Design, and The Seattle Times, in addition to other publications in the United States, Japan, and Europe. Richard recently co-authored a comprehensive book on American garden design, The Authentic Garden. In this presentation, he shows how he blends art with sustainable garden design to create a horticulturally sophisticated landscape.

The Garden of the Future: Reimagining the American Yard
The American yard has been dominated by clipped foundation shrubs, groomed lawns, and trees with mulch circles. But a new aesthetic is emerging inspired by the way plants grow in nature—a softer, more lush vision of niche plants filling every layer and covering the ground. Join author and designer, Thomas Rainer, to explore the changing face of horticulture. This talk examines how plants fit together in nature and how to use this knowledge to create gardens that are more satisfying, more resilient, and less work. Thomas is the author of Planting in the Post-Wild World, and Landscape Architect in Washington, D.C.

An Ecologist in the Garden: Use of Ecological Management at the Lurie Garden
Scott Stewart, Ph.D, Director of the Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park, informs his efforts in the application of ecological process models to the management of public green spaces. Scott shows us how ecology, as a scientific field, offers much to the landscape manager as a source of inspiration and guidance. Examples from the Lurie Garden of ecologically informed landscape management are discussed, along with how to scale those examples for use in the home landscape.

The 606: Connecting Communities
Beth White, Chicago Region Director of The Trust for Public Land (TPL) has a broad range of experience in planning, land conservation, historic preservation, and community building in both the government and non-profit sectors. Beth is a member of the board of directors for NeighborSpace, Partners for Parks and Wildlife steering committee, and member of Lambda Alpha International, an honorary land economics society. She also serves on the National Capital Planning Commission, appointed by President Obama. Beth shares the story of the development of The 606 and the challenges of turning the former elevated Bloomingdale railway line into a shared recreational garden space for the Near Northside neighborhoods of Humboldt Park, Bucktown, and Wicker Park of Chicago.


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